• NextStep Orlando chosen as a NeuroRecovery Network Community Fitness and Wellness Affiliate of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

    September 18, 2018

    This brings breakthrough neurological rehabilitation treatments to Central Florida


    LONGWOOD, FL -- NextStep Orlando, a nonprofit activity-based paralysis recovery center located in Longwood, FL, has been accepted as a Community Fitness and Wellness (CFW) Affiliate within the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network® (NRN) and has begun the onboarding process.   The NeuroRecovery Network is a cooperative network of cutting-edge rehabilitation centers and community fitness and wellness facilities that promotes functional recovery and improves the health and quality of life for people living with paralysis.  The CFW branch of the NRN was created to provide a continuum of care after traditional rehabilitation for individuals living with a spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders.


    Since 2009, NextStep Orlando has been Central Florida’s only dedicated paralysis recovery center offering an innovative specialized exercise program for people living with spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders.  All programs are designed to enable people who are paralyzed to realize their greatest recovery potential and quality of life. The center provides an environment where all clients and their families are able to gain strength, support and guidance.


    Now NextStep Orlando will benefit from the shared knowledge and new scientific findings that underpin the NRN’s activity-based therapies.  These interventions, which have been demonstrated to be effective at increasing functional recovery below the injury level, are standardized across all NRN sites and are delivered by technicians who are highly trained and skilled to work individually with each client.


    As a CFW Affiliate, NextStep Orlando will offer select rigorous NRN protocols focused on Locomotor Training (LT), Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) and guided exercise and strength training.  “Being able to integrate the NRN’s experience, knowledge, and ongoing research into our programs is a phenomenal opportunity for the Central Florida community we serve,” says Liza Riedel, NextStep Orlando’s founder and executive director.  


    Ms. Riedel was thrust into the world of spinal cord injury following an automobile accident that left her only daughter paralyzed.  She quickly learned that there was no opportunity those living with paralysis to access a continuum of care in the Orlando area after traditional rehabilitation.  This was the motivation behind NextStep Orlando: to give those individuals the chance to be fit for life and to encourage recovery and hope.


    To learn more about the NRN, where its sites are located, or how you can get involved visit www.christopherreeve.org/nrn.


    NextStep Orlando Info

    Website: www.nextsteporlando.org

    Facebook: @nextsteporlando

    Instagram: @nextstep_orlando

    Twitter: @NextStepOrl


    Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation/NeuroRecovery Network Info

    Website: www.christopherreeve.org/nrn

    Facebook: @ReeveFoundation

    Instagram: reevefoundation

    Twitter: @ReeveFoundation


    CONTACT:  407-571-9974


    Liza Riedel, Executive Director
    (407) 571-9974
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